Revision – use these approaches with students! | timlegg

Top 10 Revision Strategies

In Evidence in Education, Memory for Learning, Teaching & Learning by Alex Quigley20/01/20184 Comments

Year after the year, the same pressures attend exam revision. Each year teachers try the old favourites, alongside a few new revision strategies to keep our students interested. Happily, we now have a wealth of evidence to support some revision strategies over others as we approach the revision stretch.

We know that students are not the most reliable when it comes to judging their own learning, with regular self-testing proving the most effective…

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Homework – what works? | timlegg

The Truth About Homework

In Evidence in Education, Teaching and Learning by Alex Quigley21/01/20180 Comments

“Most homework teachers set is crap.” Dylan Wiliam, ResearchEd 2014.

The subject of homework inspires strong opinions. Teachers, parents and students themselves all have a view on the matter and those views are often diametrically opposed. Dylan Wiliam, back in 2014, shared a very strong opinion that didn’t exactly condemn the evidence and action related to homework to the dustbin, but he poked a gaping hole into our every assumption about homework and its impact.


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Unpacking Meta-Cognition | timlegg

Last week Samuel Ward Academy Trust shared the following image, a snapshot from Dr Jonathan Sharples’s presentation on their Trust PD Day:

So, this week, a little more elaboration on such a promising approach within teaching and learning.

A glance at the EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit will highlight meta-cognition’s low cost (single ‘£’), high evidence strength (four padlocks) and high impact (+8 months). As seen below, when plotting toolkit strategies using cost per pupil and effect size, meta-cognition is clearly highlighted as one of the most promising set of approaches and…

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New Year Gold – a selection of ideas from schools by Tom Sherrington | timlegg

New Year Gold: A selection of brilliant ideas from some fabulous schools
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To kick off 2018, here are some of the best ideas I’ve come across on my travels to various schools around the UK.  I’ve limited most of this sample to practices I’ve encountered in more than one school  – to avoid the sense that things can only happen in specific contexts.  Where relevant I’ve named the schools doing something more niche.
Knowledge organisers and retrieval practice

A lot has been written about knowledge organisers this year.  However, I see a lot of variation in the way they are used. …

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One for the festive season… | timlegg

Why we can’t have a fun lesson today
Mark Enser / November 29, 2016

This scene has played out at the door to my classroom day after day for years.

Surly youth: Are we having a fun lesson today?

Me: No. We are doing Geography. It isn’t meant to be fun. It is meant to be rigorous. It is meant to be hard. It is going to challenge you and blow your mind. It is going to make you think because memory is the residue of thought.

Surly youth (tutting): You always say that.

 I have been thinking a lot today about such exchanges after a discussion with @HeyMissSmith and @oldandrewuk on…

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The Question of Knowledge | timlegg


PTE has produced this pamphlet in conjunction with The Association of School and College Leaders. In it, several headteachers from across the country detail their experiences and the challenges they faced when attempting to provide a knowledge-rich curriculum to their students, often with no resources or base to begin from. The pamphlet is free to download from this page.

Parents and Teachers for Excellence.


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